University of North Texas president is stepping down

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DENTON _ University of North Texas President V. Lane Rawlins announced today he plans to retire on or before Dec. 31.

Rawlins joined the Denton campus in May 2010 as an interim appointment, but was later named the permanent president.

"I never dreamed I would stay more than a few months, but UNT is such a special place that I fell in love with the university, its students, faculty and staff," Rawlins said in a prepared statement.

He didn't cite a specific reason for retiring, but said in the statement, "I have a long list of unfinished projects, family needs, and personal commitments that need tending."

Rawlins plans to remain involved with UNT through an active president emeritus appointment that will allow him to work on special projects.

The University of North Texas System will name a 15-member search advisory committee within the next two weeks, said UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson. The system is also setting up a committee search committee to replace Dr. Scott Ransom, the former president of the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

Ransom was fired by the UNT Board of Regents in December after he was after being accused of "a covert campaign of misinformation" against a proposed merger of the Fort Worth school with the main UNT campus in Denton.

Rawlins and Ransom worked together on the proposed study.

Diane Smith, (817) 390-7675

Twitter: @dianeasmith1

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